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    The Nativity Cathedral.

    by aliante1981 Written Jul 15, 2003

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    Rozhdestvenskiy cathedral (for that’s how we would translate into Russian the English name I’ve given in the title) is most probably the oldest cathedral in Suzdal.

    Founded in the first half of the 13th century, it bears all the characteristics of the typical architecture of the region at the height of its development. Though the time of building was pretty unfortunate. Those were the year of Tatar & Mongol invasion of Russia, and, sure enough, soon the Cathedral was robbed by Tartars and partially destroyed. That’s in the 15th century. It was restored in the beginning of 16th century, so the bottom of the cathedral is made of orginal white stone, and the top part is made of brick.

    On the very top of the cathedral are beautiful blue domes with golden stars scattered on them. Unfortunately, I forgot what that means, for every dome design has its significance. They were added to the cathedral only in year 1750.

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    Wooden Archutecture Museum

    by aliante1981 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    Across Kamenka river, not far from the Kremlin there's a museum of Russian wooden architecture and the peasant's mode of life. Wooden churches, peasant's houses, mills, a barn, a well from all over Vladimir region's villages were brought here in the 1960s.

    If you want to see some really unique things, and do not really have time or inclination to travel to Kizhi (the prime site for wooden architecture freaks like myself) like wooden churches and mills (that it'll be hard to find in the nowadays villages), this museum will be really interesting. For example, there's a richly decorated, poly-tier Transfiguration church, which was built in 1756, a typical Russian village church. Next to the church there are typical wooden houses, mostly built in the 19th century. You can of course get inside to see the interiors (opened from May to October).

    For more pictures and details you can see my special travelogue.

    That's the wooden architecture museum!

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    The Kremlin

    by aliante1981 Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    The Kremlin is easily the core of the historical centre of the town of Suzdal, for that's where the town has its origins. At the beginning the Kremlin was surrounded by dams made of ground, on which there were wooden walls with towers, and next to the dams there were trenches filled with water, to protect the town. Now there are only some dams and trenches left (no wooden walls anymore), that don't look so intimidating as they were 800 year ago, but provide a very good position to have a view on the town. And for those of you photo freaks, it is absolutely the place to take panoramic shots of the town.

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    Walk around the city and look at the 40+ churches

    by heplion Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Just take some time and walk around the city looking at the many small churches. Manyof them wre built by Russian Aristocrats as religious display of wealth. It is hard to believe that with as many as there are, many of them have been torn down. I wonder where they managed to put them all??? It seems taht the city is almost nothing but little churches.

    Two of the many churches
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    The Suzdal Kremlin

    by heplion Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Kremlin was the center of this mediaeval town. The original kremlin, or fortress, was built in the late 11th centruy of wood and earth, however it was repeatedly destroyed. In the 18th centruy they finaly decided to build it from stone. Inside the Kremlin the CAthedral of the Nativity of the Virgin was built in 1222. However the church that is there now is not in it's original state, only the lower part survives. The uper part was rebuilt in the 16th century. The inside of this church is absolutly beautiful and requires a bit of time to just walk around and enjoy. Also in the Kremlin are the Archbishops quarters and a bell tower. Outside of the Kremlin you can find people selling horse and carriage rides in the summer or horse and troika rides in the winter (or so I was told, I was only there in the summer...)

    The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin
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    The Spaso-Yevfimiyev Monostary

    by heplion Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Located in the northern part of the city is the Spaso-Yevfimiyev Monostary, founded in 1352. Inside its walls is the the Cathedral of the Transfiguration with great murals inside. There is also an old bell tower from the 16yh-17th century, the Church of the Annuciation, the house of the Archmandrite, the Church of the Assumption (1525) and the Church of St. Nicholas (1669). All the buildings have been restored and many house museum exhibits now. In the house of the Archmandrite there is a great exhibit on ancient Russian books, mostly religious. There are some absolutly wonderfully ilustrated bibles and texts with very intricate bindings. The Apostle, the earliest printed Russian book, is also here. The bells on the bell tower ring severla times a day and are wonderful to listen to. The old monks dormatory was used as a prison several times from the late 1700's to the early 20th century. Tehre is a good exhibit on prisons here, but be aware that in all exhibits, there is no English translation, so either purchase the services of a guide, or just enjoy looking at the exhibits.

    Cathedral of the Transfiguration and bell tower
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    by Tolik Written Aug 30, 2002

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    There is an exposition 'Folk Wood Carving' at the Church of the Resurrection and 'Peasant Clothing' - at the Church of St Nicholas and the Holy Cross. There are small expositions on the territory of the Convent of the Intercession: 'Interior of the Chancellor's House', 'Articles of Needlework'. On display in the 17th-century townsman's house is the furnishing of that time: Russian stove, carved wooden table and benches, birchen cradle suspended from the ceiling. Tolling at the Spaso-Yevfimievsky Monastery are copper, silver and golden bells under the melodious sounds of which one examines with special mood the treasures of the gold store-room: icon frames studded with precious stones, silver goblets, old clothes in gold embroidery.

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    by Tolik Written Aug 30, 2002

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    The museum of wooden architecture and peasants' life.

    The museum of wooden architecture was organized in 1960-es, because Suzdal has not preserved such monuments. Wooden churches, houses and household buildings have been moved from the villages where they are perishing. The first rare sample of wooden architecture appeared in the Kremlin. That was the church of St. Nicholas.

    The place for the museum was chosen on the bank of the Kamenka river on the site of the former St. Demetrius monastery. The museum was created according to the plan worked out by the Vladimir restoration workshop. The interiors of the monuments were made by the Vladimir-Suzdal museum-reserve. The museum represents a village street with houses, churches and household buildings placed in the outskirts of the village. Two churches of the 18th century - the church of the Transfiguration and the church of the Resurrection are the compositional center of the museum.

    The church of the Transfiguration is of special interest as a sample of a multi-tiered beautifully decorated village church. The church of the Resurrection is a multi-tiered church that is a tent on the octahedron. The church was built in a shape of a ship, that is the sanctuary, the main body, the bell tower and the western porch are built on the same axis. The church has an unusual bell tower with its log frame widening upwards. To the west of the church runs the street with hewn wooden houses and household buildings. The houses are attractive due to their architecture and wooden decoration The middle peasant's house is a sample of a peasant's dwelling of a central part of Russia. It is a house of the 19th century with a gable roof made of boards and a facade decorated with blind carving.
    The house has a planing typical of the 19th century: 'izba'(the heated room), 'seni' (a kind of a corridor) and 'klet' (the unheated part of the house).

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    Paraskeva or Friday Church

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Feb 23, 2015

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    Paraskeva Church or Friday Church is the church in the center of Suzdal, located between the Shopping Malls and the fortifications of the Kremlin. It was built in 1772.

    Paraskeva or Friday Church
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    Women's monastery

    by yumyum Written Mar 30, 2006

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    On certain days the church is unfortunately closed to visitors. But on the grounds there is also a small museum as well as accomodation in wooden huts. It's looks very pleasant to stay there.

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    The main street

    by yumyum Written Mar 28, 2006

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    Is lined with trees in most parts which is rather pleasant on a hot summer day. Other than that you will find one "produkti" shop there. Generally, you won't find too many shops there.

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    Gostinny Dvor

    by yumyum Written Mar 28, 2006

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    The Russian style shopping center contains several cafes and restaurants and a few other shops. You can walk all around it. The other side is opening on a big square with a church.

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    Various Old, Preserved Buildings

    by glabah Written Nov 7, 2003

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    The old churches are not the only historic items that have been preserved in Suzdal.

    For example, here is a huge, ancient Russian-style windmill.

    Huge Ancient Windmill, near Suzdal
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    Museum of wooden architecture (2)

    by Pablos_new Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    ... many buildings in this museum have reconstruction of interiors, like this one - "House of the rich peasant - timber merchant" of XIX c.

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    Museum of wooden architecture

    by Pablos_new Written Aug 12, 2003

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    Do not miss the Suzdal Museum of Wooden Architecture.

    A lot of nice wooden houses, windmills and churches were brought here mainly from the north regions of Russia - Kostroma and Yaroslavl.

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